Business across Longford are being warned of a surge in the presentation of fake 20 euro notes.
A number of incidents have been reported to local Gardaí over the last number of days around the town, where attempts were made to pay bills or for goods with fraudulent €20 notes.
Crime Prevention Officer for Longford Roscommon Garda Division, Sergeant Damien Bartley, is warning businesses in the town to be on guard for the dud bills.
Speaking to Shannonside FM news, Sergeant Bartley has urged shops, restaurants and pubs to use fake currency detection pens and scanners when handling all cash.
The local Garda is asking any business encountering fake notes to report it to their local Garda station for investigation.